They Shoot Trans Kids, Don’t They?

It’s official dearest motherfuckers, those goddamn Jesus freaks have declared war on trans kids, my kids. As I gaze upon the legislative wreckage from the tsunami of hate laws that have washed over the Bible Belt and beyond, I can find no less histrionic conclusion to come too. In this year alone, over 100 anti-trans bills have been introduced in 33 states trying to regulate everything from children’s sports to public restrooms. The very worst among these laws ban trans youth from access to hormone treatment that has been clinically proven to reduce the risk of suicide in a notoriously vulnerable population by double-digit percentages. Arkansas and Tennessee have already passed these vile intrusions into youth rights and more are on the way. needless to say, I am sick with rage.

The damage of these laws can’t be overestimated. Denying trans youth autonomy over their own biology is an assault against their very existence. Being born into the wrong body is hellish enough. Being forced to go through the puberty of any sex but your own is a feeling too hideous for words to describe. I barely survived it myself. Many trans kids don’t. For these kids, puberty blockers and hormone therapy can literally save lives. I am not being hyperbolic when I say these laws will kill children and, as long as those children are deemed freaks like me, I am not convinced that the so called Christian Right gives a fuck.

These bastards actually have the nerve to call themselves conservative while they turn whole corners of the country into biological police states and hand the law a goddamn speculum. You think that the scariest words in the English language are ‘I’m with the government and I’m here to help’? Try adding ‘Spread your legs and let me assign you a gender.’ These laws afford state governments with more power than your family physician, and this has nothing to do with localism or state’s rights. All of these heinous bills are financed and authored nearly word for word by gigantic carpetbagging Rockefeller Republican think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, who just see this issue as another excuse to rile up rednecks into handing over their paychecks to swamp critters in the GOP. It’s one big hustle at the expense of the easiest scapegoat on the farm.

These coastal conservative elites know they can take the heartland for all they’ve got and then some because they know these people have grown terrified of their own children. A recent Gallup poll has found that nearly 16% of Generation Z identifies as LGBTQ and there are indications that the number is only rising with younger generations. Assholes in the right-wing media have attempted to paint this as a dangerous new trend, but cultural anthropology tells a very different story. Before Rome hijacked Christianity and took it for a heathen killing joy ride to Manifest Destiny, nearly every tribe from Siberia to California had space reserved for gender and/or sexual non-conformists to exist with pride and purpose. What we see today isn’t a fad, it is a return to nature, to true conservatism, and our children are showing us the way.

So what do we do? What do I do? As a Queer anarchist, I have no faith in the Federal Government to fix this. The Equality Act sounds great on paper but these are the same scumbags who managed to turn Title IX into a transphobic weapon less than a year ago. I’m supposed to have faith in these central planners now just because Joe Biden wants my vote for the mid-terms? I’m sorry but I gave up on that kind of institutional blind faith when I left the Catholic Church. So what now then? How the fuck do I save my kids and they are all my kids. My community is my kin and it burns me like fire to see my younger siblings twist in the wind like this. It makes me want to do unspeakable things to strangers with power tools but it doesn’t make me want to grow the state that more often than not enslaves us.

If there is one thing that I’ve learned about manipulating the government for stateless purposes it’s that, when in doubt, Balkanize. When they go big, you go small, and when they go small, you go smaller. Those breeders want to create sanctuary states for hate? Ok, then we find communities in those states that appose this gross overreach of local power and we create sanctuary cities, sanctuary counties, sanctuary towns and villages and communes and neighborhoods and schools until we have an archipelago of autonomous Queer spaces across the Bible Belt connected by sanctuary states, all of whom committed to protecting the rights of children to choose the gender that corresponds with their souls. Meanwhile, we sue the Christ out of those hatemongers and boycott and divest from their communities.

We have the numbers. Lets use them. This was ultimately what broke North Carolina’s back in 2015 with their cockeyed bathroom apartheid laws. Lets do it again only lets get radical this time. Let’s create communities too Queer for any government to ever bully again. It’s pride month, for Christ’s sake, and pride month began with a riot against a corrupt local government. I’m tired of begging the state for charity. Let’s kick some fucking ass.

Nicky Reid is an agoraphobic anarcho-genderqueer gonzo blogger from Central Pennsylvania and assistant editor for Attack the System. You can find her online at Exile in Happy Valley.